Today marks the Feast of Saint Andrew and the beginning of what is traditionally called “The Christmas Novena”. Although a Novena is often a prayer lasting nine days, the term can also be used to refer to a prayer repeated over several days.
This simple prayer implores the Lord to grant requests in the name of His Son, the Infant Child Jesus. This prayer, when said together as a family, is a wonderful way to draw your children into the season of Advent in hopeful anticipation of the coming of the Lord. The Novena prayer is to be repeated fifteen times each day starting on November 30 and ending on the Eve of Christmas. You can choose to say the prayer fifteen times in a row, or you could split up the prayers and say them throughout the day, perhaps five times in the morning, afternoon, and evening.
The prayer is as follows:
“Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born
of the most pure virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold.
In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
through the merits of my Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother.”
Our family has been saying this prayer for a special intention over the last few years and have seen the Lord work many wondrous deeds. May your prayers be fruitful this joyous Advent season!
Note: Are you reading this post a few days after the beginning of the Novena? Don’t worry! You can make up for lost time by reciting the prayers for the days you missed. It’s never too late to begin a Novena!